Canadian Nets on U.S. Show Buying Spree

Book ’em, Danno. That’s what Global said when it came to buying the much buzzed Hawaii Five-O remake (starring Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, above) as word starts to leak out on the annual Canadian TV buying spree south of the border.
Some industry watchers felt things would be less giddy this May after a year of downer “broken business model” talk, that Olympic hangover and the shame of spending roughly ten times as much on American fare as on creating Canadian production but we’re hearing that there was no real financial re-set. Seems these Canadian show buyers just can’t help themselves when they come that close to landing what could be the next American Idol.
UPDATED: TVFMF is hearing that CTV picked up a couple of shows starring famous Canadians, including the William Shatner CBS comedy S#*! My Dad Says plus the mid-season NBC comedy Mr. Sunshine starring Matthew Perry. CTV also bought Canadian rights to the new CW series Nikita. Rogers apparently threw a lot of cable loot around, grabbing among other shows Jerry Bruckheimer’s new NBC drama Chase. That’s the one about an elite squad tracking America’s most wanted. Hey–sounds like it’s about Canadian network show buyers!
The Canadian private networks make their picks official June 2nd and 3rd. More details to follow, check back for updates.

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